Union News Archive

"May I offer my congratulations to the members of organized labor on this 1960 Labor Day. American labor has insisted upon, and won, the highest wages and best working conditions in the world. You have not been content to sit still and let well enough alone.You have shown that high living standards can be won within the context of freedom. "
--John F. Kennedy, Special Labor Day Message, 1960
As we approach Labor Day weekend, we often receive messages wishing us well, and reminding us to have a nice barbecue with our families and friends. We just wanted to take the opportunity this Labor Day... Read more ...
Fourth of July Dog
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
--Albert Einstein
The leadership of NTEU Chapter 293 wish you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day! On the Fourth, let us keep those who fought for our freedom—standing and fallen—at the forefront of our minds. Have a great weekend and stay safe!
This week, Republicans on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), which determines funding for the Treasury Department, including the SEC, IRS and other NTEU-represented agencies, and has jurisdiction over government-wide employee issues, approved their FY 2024 FSGG appropriations bill. Democrats on the subcommittee all opposed the bill due to, among other things, the significant funding cuts included in the bill that go beyond the cuts agreed to in the debt limit deal earlier this month. The bill now moves to the full Appropriations... Read more ...
Juneteenth National Independence Day is Monday, June 19. NTEU will join the nation in celebrating this important holiday marking the end of slavery. 
Happy Pride Month from Chapter 293!
Under Article 22, Section 18, of the union’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement at the SEC, the union has established a Joint Working Group with management to explore ideas on how the SEC can best support employees through the processes of adoption, surrogacy, and infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization procedures. The union is pleased to announce that the union’s team for this Joint Working Group will be: Lance Alworth, Dan Barry, David Cohen, Neil Fazel, Trisha Sindler Fuchs, Greg Gilman, Betsy Lamirand, Julie Preuitt, and Michael Watson.  Our team is looking forward to... Read more ...
House Building
This week, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would temporarily increase the debt limit in exchange for, among other things, capping FY 2024 funding to last year’s level, severely limiting future increases, and rescinding more than $71 billion of the $80 billion provided to the IRS in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).  
The bill, H.R. 2811, would have a devastating impact on the ability of NTEU-represented agencies to provide critical services to the American people. Following years of budget cuts that led to staffing shortages and hampered the ability of many... Read more ...
Now that Return to Office has occurred, the union is receiving questions from employees who are assigned to the SEC’s Headquarters in DC regarding office assignments. Some of you are SP3 employees who will be losing your SP3 office space soon. Others are newer employees who have no office assignment yet. Still others are employees with more seniority who want the option to move to a better office than they currently occupy. This update is intended to provide you the best information currently available to the union on HQ office assignments.
We want you to know that the union has been working... Read more ...
Paid Family Leave
Yesterday, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act. This important legislation would update existing law by providing federal employees with up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for themselves or an immediate family member dealing with a serious illness. NTEU is proud to join the long list of federal employee advocates endorsing this legislation.
Under current law, if a federal employee needs to be away from work for an extended period for a covered event (such as a health condition), that employee can... Read more ...
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 221-206 to pass the so-called SHOW UP Act (H.R. 139). NTEU opposes this legislation and urged members of the House of Representatives to vote no on this bill. We are grateful for those members of Congress who voted with NTEU.   
The legislation would require every federal agency to return to the telework policies in place in 2019, without regard to either collective bargaining agreements or the proven positive results based on actual telework experience. Given that some federal agencies are reducing leased space or have already signed leases... Read more ...
Ben Franklin
Representative Gerry Connolly (VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (HI) have introduced the NTEU-supported FAIR Act, which would provide an average 8.7 percent pay increase for federal employees in 2024. The legislation consists of a 4.7 percent across-the-board increase and an average 4.0 percent for locality pay. Under the compensation agreement negotiated by the union, this increase would be a component of SEC employees' raise.
The Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA, 5 USC 5303) indicates that federal employees should receive a 4.7 percent pay raise in 2024, prior to any amount being... Read more ...
Debt Limit
This month, the outstanding debt of the United States reached the statutory limit. The Treasury Department has begun taking “extraordinary measures” to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its financial obligations. This includes suspending investments in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund as well as reinvestment of Treasury securities held by the TSP’s G-Fund until Congress acts to raise the debt limit. By law, the funds will be made whole once the debt limit has been raised. Federal employees will not be affected by these actions.  
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin has urged... Read more ...
The SEC has notified the union that it will not be extending the lease for Station Place 3 (SP3) at SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (HQ), and that it intends to move the almost 400 non-management employees currently located there into temporary, doubled-up spaces in SP1 and SP2, apparently so that they can be included in Chairman Gensler’s “Return to Office” plan this winter. The union has demanded formal bargaining over this misguided decision, which will result in an unnecessary and wasteful expenditure of public funds for repetitive HQ office moves in 2023, as well as a further... Read more ...
Last week, Chair Gensler’s disagreements with the union over negotiations for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and pandemic return to office (RTO) issues both went to litigation before the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).
After five all-day mediation sessions before a federal mediator at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Chair Gensler’s team refused the union’s efforts to reach a compromise on any of the primary areas of disagreement remaining in our CBA dispute. For example, the Chair continues to make unreasonable demands regarding telework,... Read more ...
WHEN: On Tuesday, October 25, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern, NTEU Chapter 293 will hold its annual member meeting. Due to the SEC's current office status, the meeting will be held via WebEx. The union's panel will appear live at the Station Place Auditorium. WebEx connection information will be sent out to union members prior to the event.
NONMEMBERS:  Over 75% of bargaining unit (non-management) employees at the SEC are members of the union. Any bargaining unit employee who is not yet a member of the union who would like to attend the meeting may join the union by filling out boxes 1, 2... Read more ...
Today, SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s management team and the union are commencing mediation sessions at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) regarding our stalled Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations. The parties remain in disagreement over numerous aspects of our basic employment agreement, such as how our pensions are funded, existing limitations on the Student Loan Repayment Program, how our annual leave is accrued, and what our post-pandemic telework program will look like. As the CBA talks edge closer towards litigation, it is important to understand the basic... Read more ...
A number of SEC union members have asked the union about our positions on telework during our negotiations with Chair Gensler’s management negotiating team over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) during the summer. NTEU Chapter 293 does not typically take positions during bargaining, but instead seeks to identify the important interests of both parties in an effort to narrow areas of disagreement. In keeping with that strategy, late last spring the union’s CBA negotiating team made the following PowerPoint presentation to SEC management regarding important interests related to... Read more ...
The union is receiving an increasing number of inquiries about the status of the union’s bargaining over the SEC’s plan to return all staff to the office for mandatory in-person work (“RTO”) in January. We regret to inform you that management notified the union this week that Chair Gensler has opted to immediately take the matter to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (“FMCS”). Mediation at FMCS usually constitutes the first step towards bringing a bargaining “impasse” to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (“FSIP”) for resolution through litigation.
Chair Gensler’s decision to go... Read more ...
Today, the union requested mediation assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) regarding our negotiations with SEC management over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The parties completed their formal CBA negotiating sessions last week, and this week we exchanged “Last Best Offers” on most of the articles that the parties opened for discussion last spring. Seeking mediation at FMCS is a last chance for the parties to reach agreement before taking an “impasse” (a fundamental disagreement over contract terms) to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) for... Read more ...
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of all twelve funding bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said it is his hope that, with the release of the bills showing the priorities of the Senate Democrats, members can take a step closer toward reaching a bipartisan compromise. As you may recall, the House of Representative passed a six-bill appropriations package the week before last (read about it here). Given the Senate Appropriations Committee has not considered these bills and the August congressional recess begins soon, it is... Read more ...
After continuing to receive numerous employee questions about the use or lose leave issue, the union is providing this further update.
Employees must schedule all of their use or lose by the end of the year to avoid forfeiture, because Chair Gensler has continued to refuse to address this issue, despite the following facts:
The approximate projected balance of use or lose leave for 2022 for all bargaining unit employees is well over 300,000 hours. Obviously, this will result in a large number of employees being required to take a large amount of leave during the last several months of... Read more ...
As the union and SEC management near the end of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) negotiations, we have received many questions from SEC employees regarding the state of our discussions regarding the future of telework at the SEC.
Since CBA bargaining began last spring, the union team has urged Chair Gensler to seize the unique opportunity this moment in time affords to move the SEC firmly into the future of work in our nation. After two and half years of everyone at the agency working remotely, with a high degree of success, we envision a future with a highly flexible SEC telework... Read more ...
This week, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 8294, an appropriations package that included six FY 2023 spending bills. The bill, which passed by a vote of 220-207 consisted of the following bills:  Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. H.R. 8294 provides funding... Read more ...
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held the second in a series of hearings on the future of the federal workforce.  Jason Miller, Deputy Director of Management at the Office of Management and Budget, and Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, testified at the hearing.  NTEU submitted this statement noting that key to recruiting and retaining employees is for the federal government to provide employees flexible work schedules and expanded telework; better paying jobs and a strong benefits package—including strong retirement and health... Read more ...
NTEU has filed a petition for rulemaking asking the FLRA to revise its regulation regarding who may ask it for general statements of policy or guidance. During the last administration, anti-union groups that were not comprised of federal employees seized upon broad language in the regulation to request policy statements or general guidance aimed at hurting federal unions and the employees that they represent. You can view the petition here.
NTEU’s proposed revision would limit those who could request FLRA policy statements or general guidance to (1) the head of an agency; (2) the president of... Read more ...